We develop our products in our laboratory at Peacemarsh, combining traditional organic plant extracts with the latest advances in green chemistry to bring you the most effective, natural and innovative range of organic health and beauty-care available.
We use a wide range of ingredients, but of course we take just as much care about those we won't use as those we do:
Plant Based Cleansers - Soaps and Detergents
Soaps help emulsify oils and hold them in suspension, so that dirt and grease can be washed away. Detergents are used in shampoos, shower gels and body washes, they are surfactants which means that they lower the surface tension of water, making it more able to interact with oil and grease, thus enabling impurities to be easily rinsed away.
However, strong detergents can strip away too much of the skin's natural protective oils, leaving it dry or irritated. When we formulate, we combine specially chosen plant-based detergents so that they complement one another, giving an effective yet skin-friendly cleansing action.
We don't use any petrochemical-based detergent, neither do we use sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which can irritate the skin. Instead we use detergents made from plant-based ingredients that are effective, yet gentle on your skin.
No Mineral Oils
Mineral oil (liquid paraffin) and petrolatum are derived from petroleum and cannot be synthesised by the skin. They block pores and diminish the skin ability to function.
We never use petroleum-based ingredients, choosing instead plant-based oils, which can be similar in content to the skin's own sebum. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, they are easily and safely absorbed, assisting the skin's natural functions and helping improve its condition.
Unlike food, we don’t keep our toiletries in the fridge, which means preservatives may be needed to keep them fresh. Often used to preserve conventional skin care, parabens can cause allergic reactions and have been reported to have estrogenic properties. We never use parabens. Instead we use natural ingredients with preservative properties, such as rose or propolis extract.
In some cases, to offer you a particular shelf life, we use small amounts of preservatives selected to be safe for use and non-persistent in the environment.
The packaging we use is chosen for its protective properties, so that we can minimise preservatives. Our trademark blue bottles, for instance, were specially chosen as they minimise the amount of damaging UV light reaching the contents.
Silicones are used to create a silky feel to the skin or hair, but they can create a plastic-like film on the skin, disrupting its ability to release toxins, trapping irritants onto the skin and blocking the pores. They are also non-biodegradable. They may be listed on the label as cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone and dimethicone copolyol. We simply don't use them.
No Synthetic Fragrances
The word ‘parfum’ on an ingredient label can hide a multitude of synthetic chemicals, which can cause allergic responses.
We don’t use any of them. With the boundless array of wonderful scents available from nature, we fragrance our products with pure plant essentials oils and essences chosen for their delightful aromas, as well as their therapeutic properties.
Are our products really safer?
Our commitment to using safe, natural ingredients with a recognised therapeutic tradition creates products that are beneficial to both you and the environment. All our products undergo strict testing to ensure they’re safe and effective to use.